Suppliers of bead and cove strips in BC?

Discussion in 'Boat and Accessory Building' started by eriktheviking, Dec 21, 2010.

  1. eriktheviking

    eriktheviking Paddler

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    I am planning to start a strip kayak in the New Year and would like to find a supplier of bead and cove strips (WRC and AYC). I would prefer to find a reasonably nearby supplier. So far I know about West Wind Hardwood (Sidney)- has anyone used them before? I tried to call Great Northern Craft (North Van.) but the phone numbers I found no longer work. Another option would be a kit of supplies from Orca. Does anyone have other suggestions?
     
  2. Roy

    Roy Paddler

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    I know the question was about bead and cove strips but - honestly, you can do an excellent job with plain strips, a small block plane and a sanding board. I built one kayak with bead and cove and it looked great until I started sanding. Then all (well maybe not all) the not so tight areas started to show a wavy edge. I've built several kayaks with plain strips and, IMHO, they're not bad looking. With a little practice you can plane and sand a strip to a perfect fit in less than 10 minutes. Plus you can cut your own strips from a board and save a lot of money.

    And while I'm here - a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all.

    Cheers,

    Roy.
     
  3. Roy222

    Roy222 Paddler

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    If you buy or cut your own, try to get the all the strips from one run. You can build a boat with strips that have a lot variation. The problem rears its ugly head when you start to "fair" the surface. It's like, double the variation (thickness, bead/cove centering, and grain) and do 4 times the work fairing the surface.
    If possible, inspect the strips before you buy.
    Check:
    thickness,
    grain for straightness,
    Bead and Cove for depth and centering ---- the cove depth should leave a very small amount of flat at edges to reduce splintering
    color

    The other Roy